Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v5

Chap.' 5: An Expofition upon the $ooko f J OB, Verl9. this bounty; as for the proud, God beholdeth them afar off: and they can never get neer wifdom, who are far from the God of wifdom. While fuch vainly refirain wifdom to themfelves, the hand of God is ¡ally reflrained from beflow- í.ñgit upon them. Eliphaz having thus reproved job for entitling himfelf to fo rich a flock of knowledge, either brought in by his own long experience, or from the fpecial infpirations and teach- ings o; God ; proceeds to challenge to himfelf and his friends a knowledge equal at leafy to what he really had, in the ninth and tenth Verfès. , Verf.9,What knowefl thou that we know not, what underftan- deft thou that is not in us ? He retorts what Job laid, Chap. i 2 3 . I have underflanding as wet' asyou, 1 am not inferior toyou. Here Eliphaz tells him, we have underllauding as well as you : Hath God revealed all knowledge to thee, furely weknow as much as thou. What knoweft thou which we know not ? The words are plain, andneed no explication : they found as if hehad laid, Come fhew thy shill, and open thy hidden trea- Dic age, qnd fares ; thou haftpried nothingyet, but what is common to us and funt ruzportes others : thou feemefl to fpeakofmyfferier, of things that are an- known,andféeret to this day,but furely thou haft not tradedmuch in thefe ; For, What knoweft thou that we know not ? thouhalt not yet produced any fuch piece of knowledge : if fuchprecious . matter be in thee, wrap it not up in the napkin of filence any longer, bring itforth, that we alfa may know it. Hence obferve : Firft, Man is apt toftandupon terms ofcomparifon with man s he cannot bear it that anotherfiould be thought or think himfelf velit illy wirer or more knowing than he : Some are not troubled becaufe gi0 cedero erít. they know little, but becaufe they are efleemed Ids knowing aru than others, What knoweft thou that we know not ? Secondly obferve, Thoughfame men are of higher parts, and better natural abilities than ethers,yet what one man knoweth,o thers may;no man can boafi himfelf beyond the line and degree of man, For as the heart ofman anfwers the heart ofman in fin- fielnefs, fo in apofbility ofgoodnefs, One manmay be as ho- ly asanother , as wife and knowing as another ; onely God" is